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The Groutsmith™ in Madison, Wisconsin and surrounding areas.
Our professional grout and tile cleaning service restores the beauty and luster to your floors, making them look like brand new again.

 

Knowledge, Experience, Service and Superior Products Make the Difference

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Residential Services

Cleaning tile floors by hand is very hard work. It can be tedious, messy and impossible to get deep-clean results by doing it yourself. Grout is a porous material that collects dirt, grime and spills, which often discolors the surface. Regular mopping and spot cleaning does not reach the deep down dirt and grime that lies within the pores of your grout lines.

Our professional tile and grout cleaning service restores the beauty and luster to your floors, making them look like brand new again.

  • Shower Repair and Restoration
  • Grout and Tile Cleaning
  • Grout Repair and Restoration
  • Color Matched Caulking
  • Floor Tile Re-bonding
  • Granite and Natural Stone Sealing
  • And More!

Commercial Services

We only use Groutsmith™ Professional Products to Restore Showers, Floors, Walls, Countertops and Fireplaces. We DO NOT use Pressurized Water, High Pressure Steam, Carpet Cleaning Equipment or Harsh Acids (all of which can damage grout and tile). You can Trust The Groutsmith™ Wisconsin with all your Tile and Grout needs

Knowledge, Experience, Service and Superior Products Make the Difference

 

Groutsmith™ Consumer Products

We offer a complete line of Groutsmith™ Consumer Products formulated to clean and maintain tile, grout, marble, granite and all natural stones. Our proprietary products will keep your floors and showers looking new.

 GROUTSMITH GOLD

Groutsmith Gold is our PH neutral, no rinse formula designed for routine cleaning of Ceramic Tile, Porcelain Tile, Marble, Granite and all natural stones. Mix 1 ounce of Gold formula with each gallon of water to keep your floors and counters looking new.
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GROUTSMITH GREEN

Groutsmith Green is our detergent and mild alkaline blend formula designed for shower cleaning and periodic deep cleaning of floors and counters. Safe to use on Ceramic and Porcelain tile, Marble, Granite and all natural stones. Green formula effectively cuts through the toughest dirt, soap films and coatings. Mix 4 ounces of Green formula with each gallon of water for best results.
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The Groutsmith™ Services

Floor & Tile Grout Cleaning

Floor tile and grout is cleaned with our proprietary professional products to restore them to a like new condition.

Shower Repair & Restoration

Shower repair and restorations can consist of cleaning, grout repair, grout sealing, color restoration, color matched caulking or complete grout removal and replacement.

Anti Slip Treatment

Groutsmith slip-resist treatment was developed to improve the friction on tiled areas that are slippery when wet.

Grout Repair & Restoration

Cracked and damaged floor tile and grout are repaired or replaced with our services.

Granite & Natural Stone Sealing

Granite, marble and natural stone floors and countertops are professionally cleaned and sealed.

EnduroShield® For Glass

EnduroShield® leads the industry in both water and oil repellent coatings, which provides maximum protection against staining.

Floor Tile Rebonding

Floor tile rebonding is a repair procedure that resecures loose and hollow tile to the subfloor.

Color Matched Caulking

The old caulking is removed and new color matched caulking is professionally installed to seal joints and seams in showers, bathtubs, vanities, sinks and countertops.

Groutsmith Cleaning Products

Specially formulated product for cleaning ceramic and porcelain tilemarblegranite and all natural stone surfaces.

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Knowledge, Experience, Service and Superior Products make the Difference

Floor Tile and Grout Restoration and Preservation

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Floor Tile and Grout is cleaned with our Proprietary Professional Grout Cleaning Products to restore them to a like new condition.

The Clean Grout can then be Preserved and/or Restored with our Clear Grout Sealer, Color Sealer or our Exclusive Restoration Sealer.

Our Clear and Color Sealers are guaranteed for one (1) year.

When regularly cleaning floors, it is important to not use products that are harmful to the sealer.  We recommend a non-acidic cleaner to obtain the maximum life of the sealer.   The Groutsmith offers two types of non-acidic cleaners; Our GOLD, which is a spray on/wipe off pH balanced maintenance cleaner, & our GREEN, which is a deep cleaner.  NO ACIDS.

 

When can I walk on my floor?

Once work is completed, we recommend a wait time of 4 hours.  At that time, normal use is possible without any risk.   Floors should not be cleaned with liquids for at least 3 days, & no heavy or deep cleaning for at least 30 days.

If grout is repaired or tile replaced, we recommend staying off the repaired area for a minimum of 24 hours to avoid any tile movement.

Most jobs are completed within 1 day, unless repairs are necessary.  That would require 2 trips which need to be spaced about 5 days apart to allow time to cure.

What about my children, family, and pets?

Groutsmith uses environmentally safe products that should not cause problems for your children, family, or pets.

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Floor Tile Replacement and Grout Repair

Cracked grout in a floor is more than unsightly.  If not treated, it can cause damage to the floor’s underlayment and possibly create the need for costly replacement of the entire floor.

The Groutsmith can remove and replace the damaged grout. We can also replace cracked tiles if you have replacement tiles available.

Surfaces should not be stepped on or touched for 24 hours and must remain dry for at least 3 days.

 

Floor Tile Re-bonding

Floor Tile Re-bonding is a repair procedure that re-secures loose and hollow tile to the subfloor. We inject our proprietary tile adhesive through holes in the grout to fill the voids between the tile and subfloor. When the adhesive dries the floor is solid and the loose tiles are re-secured to the subfloor. The grout is then color matched and repaired. Surfaces should not be stepped on or touched for 24 hours & must remain dry for at least 3 days.

Shower Grout Repair and Color Restoration

Shower Repair and Restorations can consist of cleaning, grout repair, grout sealing, color restoration or color matched caulking. Our experts will evaluate your shower and only recommend the work needed to properly repair or restore it.

*Shower sealing will require the shower to remain dry the day of service & 5 days following for color-seal or restoration seal.  3 days for clear seal.  Micron coated showers must not be used for 7 days after completion.

*If repair work is done as well, it will require the shower to be dry day of service, allow the grout to cure for 5 days, then we seal it & will need to remain dry for the additional days based on type of sealer.

When regularly cleaning your shower, it is important to use products that are not harmful to the sealers.  We recommend a non-acidic claner to obtain the maximum life of the sealer.  The Groutsmith offeres two tyes of non-acidic cleaners; Our GOLD, which is a spray on/wipe off pH balanced maintenance cleaner, & our GREEN, which is a deep cleaner.  NO ACIDS.

Granite and Natural Stone Sealing

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Stone gives residential and commercial properties a classic, elegant appearance, but it requires care and cleaning to keep it looking its best. Otherwise, stone surfaces can start to look dull or show signs of damage, such as chips and cracks.

  • Making dull surfaces look shiny again
  • Providing stone with protection and sealing

Most stone materials, such as marble, travertine and granite, are highly durable, but some are more porous than others. These materials are more prone to stains, which can set in quickly without proper sealing. They can also chip or crack more easily than harder types of stone. Our experts understand how important it is to properly care for these surfaces based on factors such as density and color. When given proper care, stone surfaces can last for years. *we do not do honing & polishing which is necessary if you have etching or chips.

Granite, Marble and Natural Stone Floors and Countertops are professionally cleaned and sealed. The Grout can also be Repaired, Restored and Sealed.

We offer 3 different finishes to choose from–matte, shiny & a color enhancer

Clear sealed granite countertops will be ready for small applliances & light use within 2 hours of sealing.  They should not be cleaned or wiped down with any liquids or water for 2 days after sealing.

Color Matched Caulking

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The old caulking is removed and new Color Matched Caulking is professionally installed to seal joints and seams in Showers, Bathtubs, Vanities, Sinks and Countertops. Our siliconized acrylic caulks are resistant to mold and mildew. 90 day warranty on caulking.

Cracking & splitting occurs for a variety of reasons; significant temperature changes, exccessive vibrations in your home, too much flex in th materials surrounding the caulk, etc.  If you find yourself experiencing this type of deterioration within 90 days of completion, please give us a call to address the issue.

Improperly installed products, poor ventilation, and improper cleaning and maintenance are the primary causes of unsightly mold in bathroom areas.  Mold & mildew can grow on caulking when an area is wet for too long.  There is no such thing as mildew or mold-proof caulk, only mildew/mold resistant.  Ideally, wet areas should dry out copletely at least once a week to minimize any mildew or mold growth.

Routine caulk replacement can:

  • prevent health issues caused by mold
  • Prevent water from leaking outside of your tiled area.
  • Drastically improve or completely change the look of an existing tub, shower, sink or backsplash

The caulk used in your bathroom and/or kitchen protects the wall behind it and the sub-floor below it from water damage. It is a good practice to periodically replace old caulk and recaulk joints between the tiles and your tub, shower, sink, or any place two planes of tile or two different construction products come together.

Another good reason to recaulk is to remove the black mold that sometimes grows in and behind the caulking.  Properly installed caulk can be damaged by improperly scrubbing or acidic prodcuts.  Damaged caulk allows moisture to have an open path to substructures and promotes the growth of mold.  Recaulking should be considered in your annual bathroom maintenance checklist.

Groutsmith™ Slip-Resist Treatment

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ANTI-SLIP TREATMENT

Tile is a great flooring option because of its durability. It’s also a great flooring choice specifically for areas prone to moisture, like bathrooms, because of its impermeability. Tile doesn’t absorb moisture, an essential to the rooms in your home that are most likely to see water on the floor.
Because tile doesn’t allow moisture to penetrate the surface, you can be left with an accumulation sitting on top. And any sort of liquid on a smooth, hard surface can be slippery!

If you’ve ever taken care walking on a wet surface, or have seen a sign that says “slippery when wet”, you know exactly what we mean. The risk of falling on a hard tiled surface is greatly increased when you add water. That’s why we created Slip-Resist.

Slip-Resist is a proprietary Groutsmith product designed to make these naturally slippery tiled areas less slippery by improving the coefficient of friction on tiled areas. It works by creating microscopic pores on the treated surface that create a vacuum or suction effect when wet, thereby reducing the risk of slip and fall injuries.

Slip-Resist treatment is the perfect solution for:

• Shower and bathroom floors
• Porcelain bathtubs
• Public restrooms
• Exterior tiled areas
• Locker rooms
• Pool areas
• Anywhere that safety from slipping is a concern

The Groutsmith specializes in tile cleaning, care, restoration and repair and can professionally apply Slip-Resist to your tile surfaces.

EnduroShield® for Glass

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EnduroShield® leads the industry in both water and oil repellent coatings, which provides maximum protection against staining. When professionally applied, EnduroShield provides a true performance warranty, that it will remain water repellent with a bead angle greater than 70 degrees, which we accept as a minimum measurement for an easy to clean surface.

Some professionally applied coatings claim they will last the distance, but only warrant that they will remain more water repellent than untreated glass. Untreated glass is measured at a low angle of approximately 15 degrees. These coatings therefore do not hold themselves to a minimum water repellency measurement.

These coatings often require unrealistic daily cleaning tasks to be performed or revitalizer products to be purchased in order to maintain the coating and the warranty. This is why not all products and warranties are the same. EnduroShield does not sell after care products because they are not required to maintain performance. These are some of the many reasons why the largest glass providers choose to offer EnduroShield to their customers.

Testing & Certification

EnduroShield for glass has been awarded certification from TÜV Rheinland Germany for both durability and easy to clean functionality. The durability test was carried out to simulate a lifetime of 10 Years on interior and exterior use. A certified product is one that has passed extensive testing carried out by TÜV Rheinland Group, including safety and quality.

TÜV’s testing provides our customers and the general public quantifiable evidence of performance from one of the world’s most prestigious independent international testing and safety agencies.

Make Cleaning Easy

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EnduroShield is a revolutionary invisible treatment that repels water, soap scum and grime, allowing you easier cleaning less often. Water will bead on the surface, demonstrating EnduroShield’s repellent nature, and similar to a non-stick fry pan cleaning time is noticeably reduced. EnduroShield works on new and existing surfaces.

  • Makes cleaning a breeze
    A regular wipe over with a microfiber cloth is all it takes, no more scrubbing.
  • Repels soap scum and grime
    EnduroShield is water and oil repellent and keeps surfaces looking brand new.
  • Helps reduce the build-up of mold and harmful bacteria
    Promotes a germ-free environment.
  • Superior protection
    Against the corrosive effects of soap scum, dirt, grime, lime scale, salt, chemicals, and hard water.
  • Reduces cleaning time
    By up to 90%
  • Stays cleaner for longer, in between cleans
Products & Tip

Groutsmith™ Consumer Products

We offer a complete line of Groutsmith Consumer Products formulated to clean and maintain tile, grout, marble, granite and all natural stones. Our proprietary products will keep your floors and showers looking new.

Knowledge, Experience, Service and Superior Products make the Difference

 

About Cleaning Grout

When tile is installed, rarely is the grout sealed by the installer. This allows dirty water, spills, soil & bacteria to penetrate into the grout, leaving you with dirty, stained grout lines which are impossible to clean.

Cleaning grout can be a very tedious, long, back-breaking job. You spend hours on your hands & knees, just to see the grout dirty again in a month or two. Grout is very porous, therefore, quickly absorbs all liquid that comes in contact with it immediately. The liquid goes deep into the grout, rather than staying on the surface. Bacteria penetrates the grout & causes odor problems & mold. The #1 cause of dirty grout is due to cleaning the grout regularly. When you mop, you are moving around dirty water that is soaking into the grout lines. The more you mop, the more dirt settles in the grout. Many cleaning agents contain chemicals which attract dirt (which is why they clean well!), however, if residue is soaked into grout lines, they will continue to do their job & attract dirt to the grout. Our maintenance products will avoid this.

Grout is based primarily of cement and sand. Cement is alkaline based and is dissolved by acids. As baking soda and vinegar react, so do grout and vinegar. There are tile installers that remove very stubborn stains on grout with an acid (like straight vinegar, ammonia, bleach, or a stronger acid). There they have elected to dissolve the top layer of grout molecules so the stain is no longer attached to anything. While this works, it is not recommended by the grout manufacturers – needing to regrout is sometimes the result.

It is best to use a pH neutral cleaner which does not leave behind a residue. For general maintenance cleaning. We would recommend or Routine Clean GOLD.

Shower Maintenance

Discontinuing the use of bar soap will drastically help reduce scum build-up, as this is generally from the wax in the soap. Keeping the shower dry by allowing as much airflow as possible will help prevent continued mold & mildew build-up. Mildew and mold can grow on caulking when an area is too wet for too long. There is no such thing as mildew or mold-proof caulk, only mildew/mold resistant caulks. Ideally, all wet areas should dry out completely at least once a week to minimize mildew and mold growth.

To keep shower doors clean, we do offer our Enduroshield services. 

DO NOT STEAM CLEAN!!!

Steam cleaning & rotary machines can be effective on surface dirt but will not clean the deep grout. They can only remove a fraction of the dirt & bacteria in the grout & can be harmful to your grout & tile. Grout lines are weakened by high-pressure cleaning. Layers of grout are removed & water is forced under tiles. High-temperature water causes surfaces to expand & contract. Many steam cleaners use harsh chemicals which eat into the grout & make them even more porous. Grout lines will eventually crack & crumble & water will build up under tiles, causing them to loosen, crack & buckle.

Grout Sealer to the Rescue!! 

Color restoration sealing grout is the most effective technique for creating perfect, stain-resistant grout lines. Our process begins with using a mild cleaning product to remove all surface dirt & bacteria. Color sealer is then applied to grout lines & any cracks which make grout porous. Our sealer penetrates deep into the grout, forming a protective barrier against stains, discoloration & bacteria. Our exclusive Color Restoration Sealer is warrantied for ten years.

About Clear Sealers

Most clear sealers require that they are stripped & resealed every 2-3 years because the sealer tends to break down over time & often begins to yellow. Also, unless the grout is brand new, you are sealing in stains & discoloration. Our exclusive Restoration Seal does not have to be resealed & will protect against those stains.

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